NextEra signs Wisconsin Power and Light for 100 MW out of Iowa wind farm

A Nov. 4 notice was filed with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin by Wisconsin Power and Light (WPL), saying that the utility intends to increase its share of renewable resource credits (RRCs) from the Crystal Lake Wind II LLC wind farm in the Midwest Renewable Energy Tracking System (M-RETS) beginning on Jan. 1, 2017.

Currently, WPL said it receives RRCs attributable to 100 MW of energy generation from Crystal Lake II in M-RETS. The planned increase in RRCs is a result of a Purchase Power Agreement (PPA) with NextEra Energy Resources LLC executed by WPL on Aug. 19, 2016, for an additional 100 MW of electric energy and capacity for a 15-year term to begin on Jan. 1, 2017.

Crystal Lake II is an existing wind generation facility owned by NextEra with 200 MW of aggregate nameplate capacity placed in service in December 2008 and located in Britt, Iowa. The Wisconsin commission has already certified that this 200-MW facility meets the criteria for certification as a renewable facility under Wisconsin code based on a request submitted by WPL in September 2009. At the time of the 2009 certification request, WPL had two PPAs with NextEra for energy generation from Crystal Lake II, the first for 100 MW beginning August 2009 for one year and the second for the remaining 100 MW beginning August 2009 for fifteen years with an optional 10-year extension.

Now, as a result of the Aug. 19 PPA with NextEra, WPL will once again receive all of the energy and RRCs associated with Crystal Lake II beginning on Jan. 1, 2017.

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